The quantified self movement is no longer limited to humans
is a device that clips onto a dog’s collar to measure its activities, including walks, play and rest. Data is submitted to a smartphone or Bluetooth-enabled device, allowing owners to set fitness goals, track their dog’s progress via activity graphs
, and share results with their vet. Users receive alerts if their dog is displaying unusual behavior. Whistle also stores a log of each dog’s activity in a database to provide feedback based on age, weight, and breed. The device is available for pre-order
and will ship this fall, while a feline version is forthcoming.
is a pedometer that attaches to a dog’s collar and measures its footsteps, speed, and stress level based on how much it shakes relative to temperature change. The device, created by electronics maker Fujitsu, wirelessly transfers data via a cloud service when located near a smartphone or computer. Information is displayed via graphs
for owners to monitor their dog’s health. Users can manually enter additional details including their dog’s weight and food consumption. In the foreseeable future, users will be able to share data with veterinarians and research institutions. While Wandant is currently available only in Japan, Fujitsu is considering launching the product internationally.
More than half of the US dog population is overweight
helps address this canine health crisis by tracking dogs’ movement. The Kickstarter
-funded gadget connects to a collar and sends gathered data to a smartphone connected via Bluetooth. Owners can set a daily activity goal based on their dog’s size, age, and breed, and users are provided with a BarkScore each day that’s dependent on their animal’s exercise level. With an additional FitBark base station, dog owners can monitor their pet’s habits when they aren’t home by receiving alerts on what their dog is doing
and just how dedicated their dog walker really is.